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Best Puerto Rican Resturant in LA????


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  1. I don't know about the best, but I just noticed one at the corner of Sunset and Gardner in Hollywood -- has anyone tried it?

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      What is the name of the restaurant on sunset and gardner? I looked for it but couldn't find it. I'm Puerto Rican and have yet to find a proper Boricua restaurant in Los Angeles. I could really go for some Mofongo or Alcapurrias rt now... Someone open a Puerto Rican Restaurant in LA !! Please!!. Oh and by the way Cuban food is not the same as Puerto Rican food...that's like saying all food from the mediterranean is the same. Each region and country might use the same ingredients but the outcome isn't the same. Sorry bout the lecture. buen provecho

      1. re: boricua

        Stop. If you want authentic PR restaurant in LA go to ( of course) Mofongos. 5757 Lankershim Blv in North Hollywood. It is a very small place (20 or so persons at a time) but the mofongo is very goooood!

      2. re: Chowpatty

        The best Puerto Rican food in the LA area is actually a little outside of LA - it is in Cypress (not that far). It is called Senor Big Eds. They have catered meals for me. Amazing Arroz con Gandules, pasteles, pernil, habichuelas etc etc etc

        Was not crazy about the frituras they had or the desserts but the solid comfort food they make is AMAZING.

        Epa !

        1. re: Nacional

          Have you tried their Mofongo? If so, how is it? I live near Cypress, but I haven't found a single decent Puerto Rican restaurant in SoCal.

        2. re: Chowpatty

          No i've never tried that restaurant, but I've tried Sr. Big Ed in Cypress after seeing them on the LA Times News Paper i decided to go try it. It was real authentic Puerto Rican food! OMG it transported me back to the Island. I'm so glad I found this place they have Pasteles, Arroz con gandules, mofongo, bacalao, pernil, alcapurias o man it was great. They even have a trio on every 3rd friday of each month....

        3. It's not a restaurant but there is a Puerto Rican food stand in the Mar Vista Farmer's Market... they have Platanos which will make you cry they are so good...


          1. La cochinita on Sunset in silverlake (where the baskin robbins is) its cuban food. but great rice and beans as well as awesome plaintains.

            it reminds me of the puerto rican diners in nyc.

            1. Any further results? I am a Puerto Rican in Los Angeles and can't believe there is not ONE decent Puerto Rican restaurant here! It's sad? Does anyone know where I can find some Mofongo?

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              1. re: boricua354

                Being PR as well, I ate at la isla bonita when it 1st opened and haven't been back since. I live a block and a half away too. The guy is really nice, and the food was ok. The Alcapurria was ok, but not great. I'm not big on pasteles de masa, and it seemed pretty pricy for what it was. Please, tell me if I'm wrong. The tostones were great. I just thought paying over 12 dollars for 2 drumsticks and some rice and beans was a little over the top. The service wasn't up to par at all, and we never got our drinks.
                Please post if you've eaten there recently and the food has been better. I had the fricassee and my brother had the arroz con pollo. Both were just dark meat and the arroz didn't look like anything my mother ever made.
                I'd be open to trying it again, I guess.

                1. re: ecco22

                  Where is la isla bonita located?

              2. Seeing how there does not seem to be any Puerto Rican restaurants, does anyone know where I can get some recao and ajies dulce, someplace that sells goya for the caribbean, some gandules? Maybe a caribbean market. I guess pasteles at Christmas is out of the question!

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                1. re: QLittlestar

                  Every Latino and Asian oriented market that I've been to usually has racao (a.k.a. culantro, ngo gai) and Goya products, must be some kind of law. Dried gandules (pigeon peas) under the Goya label are common but look like they were harvested B.C.E. :-(.

                  OTOH I've never seen ajicitos dulces; I've had my Chowdar searching for these since seeing them on Daisy Martinez' show. One place to try might be the Datmoi market on Crenshaw in Gardena, despite the name they carry a quite a few Caribbean products.

                  If someone could get JLo to open a restaurant (Madre's), maybe someone else with connections could convince Rosie Perez to do the same!

                  EDIT - Apparently La Isla Bonita, corner of Sunset and Gardner, has closed - it is not in the LACO Food Facility Rating database.

                  1. re: DiveFan

                    Place link for QLittlestar and LaLa_Eat, restaurant website link inside:

                    897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

                    1. re: DiveFan

                      Thank DF for the info, I found all of the Goya products at Liborio, even frozen sofrito until I can get my recao and ajies dulce plants. I will try Madre's but it definitely looks more Cuban. If you come across something else, i would love to hear about it.

                  2. re: QLittlestar

                    There is a Cuban market at the intersection of Tujunga and Victory in the San Fernando Valley. They have all the ingredients to make sofrito. They also have all the Goya products. Also Food for Less and Vallarta have the Goya products.

                  3. I'm Mexican so finding Mexican restaurants are easy, but unfortunately, my boyfriend was having a difficult time finding decent Puerto Rican restaurants. I had to deal with him constantly asking me for places with Mofongo.

                    I found this link:

                    It lists all the puerto rican restaurants recommended by other people that they have found here in California. I haven't visited any of them yet, but my boyfriend is totally stoked about this and wants to go visit them. Coincidentally, Senor Ed's is mentioned in there, too.

                    1. PR update! On the corner of Washington and Centenella, where Taqueria Estillo Mexico used to be is now Sazon and they claim to be serving REAL Puerto Rican. I haven't checked it out, but plan to this Friday... I'll report back fer sure!


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                      1. re: Dommy

                        Hear there's one called Manchins Cafe in Walnut Park on Pacific and Florence. Haven't been there yet hopefully soon.

                      2. Copper Kitchen has awesome Puerto Rican food! Plus east coast influenced comfort food. 6919 Melrose

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                        1. re: Bardeen

                          way to resurrect a thread.

                          Has anyone else been to Copper Kitchen? I've been meaning to try, what's good there?

                        2. Hey I've been looking for a while and finally found something.
                          I went to a small place in North Hollywood called La Espiga Cafe. There is a Puerto Rican guy named AC who sets up his thing, called "Mofongos," from 4-9pm and serves Puerto Rican food. I had the Bistec Encebollado w/arroz con gandules and an alcapurria, everything was really tasty. Prices are pretty fair, I spent about $12 and change on my meal with a Coco Rico. They're right on Lankershim in North Hollywood between Burbank and Oxnard. They have a website you can look at for more info, mofongosrestaurant.com.
                          Hope this helps!

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                          1. re: joseram

                            Thanks for the recco. I'll give it a try. I have my reservations though, It's hard to find good mofongo in Puerto Rico, let alone here!

                            1. re: annapurna7

                              Senor Big Ed
                              in cypress... it also has great reviews on line

                              Senor Big Ed
                              5490 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

                              1. re: virgiee

                                I visited this restaurant last weekend after reading the reviews here. I thought I was ordering Puerto Rican food but it did NOT taste like Puerto Rican food. The habichuelas tasted like they were straight from the can with no sofrito or any flavor. I got the Puerto Rican Sampler Plate but the food was horrible. I don't know how anyone could rave about this restaurant. Puerto Rican food is very tasty because of the sofrito base. This food was a poor copycat. Don't waste your money and find somewhere else to go. It wasn't even a little bit Puerto Rican!

                                Senor Big Ed
                                5490 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

                            2. re: joseram

                              ditto on the rec for mofongos...love it......

                            3. New Puerto Rican restaurant alert! Yesterday I was driving near my work and saw a Puerto Rican flag on a store front and discovered it was a restaurant that had just opened a couple of weeks ago. "La Puma Rosa" is in a tiny storefront with a sliver of space for a couple of tables. Grabbed a to go menu. It is on Wilmington, a couple of blocks up from Imperial Hwy in Watts (left menu at work so no address right now) , yes not the best of neighborhoods. Ok, a really bad neighborhood couched between two housing projects. I will definitely check it out soon.The proprietor was very friendly and stated they were the real deal and family owned.

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                              1. re: LaLa Eat

                                Good food. Basic menu; saltier type home cooking. Get it before it's gone. Like home cooking jibarito style. Basic store front with counter and one table--nothing fancy; basic.

                                or 323-373-8384

                                La Puma Rosa
                                11206 S Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059

                              2. my sister lives in ventura, ca and she misses puerto rican food but she doesnt like to travel far to get some. does any1 know where she can find one close by.

                                1. I've been to only one other PR restaurant in San Diego but found Senior Big Ed the best so far. I'm a PR from NY and I don't believe I'll ever find mom's cooking but Senior Big Ed's has satisfied my gravings. they're in Cypress and can be found on the Internet.

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                                  1. re: BONEFONT

                                    Try Mofongo's in North Hollywood - great arroz con gandules and yes .. mofongo.

                                    1. re: BONEFONT

                                      Try San Juan BBQ in Riverside. It is pretty tasty.